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  1. Good afternoon. I have been lurking on this web site for a while now. I had previously tried to register on my phone, however for some reason it did not work. The crush I felt from this defeat pushed me into the darker depths of myself and thus I gave up trying to register for two weeks... Then today while soul searching and trying to figure out exactly what It was I was going to do with myself I decided to use my PC, and not to my surprise it worked! So here I am- 32, 195(ish) LBS, at probably the best shape I've been at ever in my life (which is not that good a shape at all) and desperately searching for a community to help me talk-out my goals. My story begins in 2012, January. I am not one to take up new years resolutions, their often hollow socially prescribed masturbation. The "lose some weight" goal adopted by most around the new year always gets me thinking however and this year was no different. At the time I was 281 LBS (though I did not know it at the time), a candidate for a host of health problems and had never stepped foot into a gym my whole life. One day something snapped. I can say with some certainty it was some of the new years propaganda, but also my asthma was getting worse. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and was starting to struggle to get into size 42 pants which until this time was the biggest I've ever fit into. A friend of mine was using My Fitness Pal on her phone and needed a buddy, so I joined to be a pal and help her out. I dove into an obsessive spiral. Obsessive spiral sounds negative, and it was in a way. I became stupidly obsessed with calories and eating habits (specifically how any times a day). I became hyper aware of my own weigh and could not help but micromanage everything. It was a little scary at first. I got little to no support from all but a few of my friends. My best friend to this day still believes that that kind of discipline was a waste of energy (despite my victories) which was a whole other struggle all together. I ignore him mostly, now, because obviously I was right and he was wrong-well-to a point. I started to lose weight pretty fast. The most was in the beginning, 8-10 LBS a week. This was obviously water and stuff, not real weight, but until I hit 200 honestly I always saw at least a 3-5 LBS drop. I realized at some point, about 6 months in that I was losing weight a little too fast. I ended up adjusting my caloric intake from the stupidly small 1400 to a solid 1600 (soft cap) to 1800 (hard cap). The weight gain slowed a little but I felt less lethargic. In fact my energy levels boosted significantly. By the way, this whole time I was avoiding bread like a disease. That is another thing I still do but don't really do. I realized I was addicted to wheat, and took steps to remedy this. It was really hard but I managed it mostly. I could never completely come away from starches. I started to see a problem with this plan when I was "sneaking" bread or potatoes (another thing, starch, I was avoiding). I started to weigh the merits of cutting carbs versus being smart about carbs and about 7 months in, which was also when I started to go to the gym, I allowed myself a balanced diet which included starches. Wheat is not gone but greatly greatly reduced. The gym was a whole other story. I still suck at the gym. But damnit if I don't still go three to four times a week, lol. I used one of the stock 12 week programs from Bodybuilding.com to keep myself going and motivated and it actually worked pretty well. I got through a whole 12 week program and saw some pretty nice changes. Now, however, I find myself at a crossroad. I have a good amount of lose skin and some access fat around my belly and on my back. I am getting really frustrated because it just wont go away. I also have plateaued a but as far as my strength, I think. I just feel like I hit a wall and can't quite figure out how to move forward. I need some motivation to really start chugging again. So that fragmented mess above is my story. I look forward to meeting you all and being an active participant on this forum. Comments suggestions?
  2. Hi! I'm Anthony, or Oly when gaming and being part of the internet. Oly is short for Olympic, and Kurt Angle is (or was) my Olympic Hero once upon a time. I guess I never grew out of the self-given gaming persona. Oh, and Bards are awesome (do they have a NF profile?!) so I play as Olybard too. Phew! Now that that's explained! I've been following Nerd Fitness for about a year. I've always been heavy, except when I was a little kid. I just dinged 30 years old, and I'm a simple guy from Rhode Island that works and plays in front of computers too much. My weight has spiked drastically in the last six months, so I'm finally taking some steps to introduce myself to the community and get some support and motivation. Any Nerd Fitness members in the RI area? I grew up playing with Legos and Nintendo, probably taught myself how to read playing the Dragon Warrior games on NES before Kindergarten, then grew into Final Fantasy on SNES and picked up fantasy novels (Terry Brooks, Stephen R. Donaldson etc). I was a well raised nerd for sure! In my adult life, I focus on MMORPGs and online PC games; currently, the Wildstar beta, plus some Diablo 3 and League of Legends. I'm 5"10 and 300lbs; 40lbs were gained in the last six months alone. My goal is to get down to 200lbs, and the lightest I've been was 225lbs when I was around 25 years old. I dunno what my race would be; half-orc? I don't think I'm too ugly though. Maybe a half-giant, just short. Class? I'm thinking a mix of Scout, Ranger and Monk. I love Vibram Fivefingers (my one pair has seem better days) so my easiest form of exercise has been walking/running, cardio stuff. I also watch UFC and love boxing, wrestling, etc. so I'd love to learn how to kick some butt before I get too old. I guess my character template is still being rolled, but I'd love some feedback! Finally, I would love to go to Camp Nerd Fitness this summer. I figure this gives me four months to get motivated, introduce myself to the community, and hopefully be another Nerd Fitness success story that also makes it to camp in September. Thanks everyone for reading my introduction! This seems like an amazing community and Steve is an incredible resource and inspiration himself.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm Christine, I'm about to be 38, I'm 5' 11'', and 280 lbs (i think - don't own a scale). I have Type II diabetes, am on insulin. I was reared on diets, not religion. I know it doesn't work. I need to change the way I think about health, and just be healthy. I've got 1000 excuses. I've got a 10 year old with severe autism, a 2 year old who is in to everything. I'm a sugar addict and I deal with stress by eating sugar so I don't become a screaming lunatic at my kids. Autism is incredible stressful - my son has gone through a major regression and won't go to school. I spend my days driving back and forth to different therapists for my son, fighting with the school district, filling out insurance forms, trying to write (my freelance job) and running after my toddler. Sugar is not a good way to cope with stress. I found NF while writing an article for a health website. I had to compare a bunch of fitness blogs for women, and I fell in love with NErd Fitness. I've been search for a community and a philosophy that I might be able to stick with, and I'd been looking into Paleo/Primal for a while. NF feels like a home for my nerd girl heart (I've got a bachelors in bioengineering and an MS in pharmaceutical chemistry, even if I now work as an author and health writer). My husband (who is also diabetic, though not as overweight) and I have committed to primal eating or a week now, and I've been trying to exercise every day. The beginner body weight routine is kicking my butt, but i feel awesome. I've got my fitbit running to keep me motivated to move as much as possible. My blood sugars are down in the morning to 104, 105 after months at 160, 165, and this after dropping my insulin from 40 units to 30! I am so excited. I'm having fun with cooking primal, i fell in love with pureed cauliflower, and zuchini noodles with bolognese. I'm eager to give and get support and inspiration from all of you here. My pie-in-the-sky beginner mistake goals - Live long enough to see my toddler graduate college. Don't yell at my kids when stressed in the late afternoon when sugar deprived. Try to move my butt more. Jiggle less. My real goals: Get my HBA1c down to 6.5 or lower (it's at 9.6 now!! ack!!), my fasting bs less than 90. Exercise, drink tea or meditate to lower stress so as not to lash out or eat crap. Do strength training 4 times a week, move at least 30 minutes every day, at least 8000 steps. Go from a size 24 to a size 18 within 6 months. Eat clean. To everyone out there with a lot on their plate - make sure most of it is vegetables! Christine aka ASDBigMomma
  4. Braaaaaiii-*cough* God, I hate it when that happens.... Hello all you warm-blooded beating heart fellows! I'm Ceysth, your average radioactive zombie come back from the dead to terrorize and eat share with all of you my quest to restoring myself back to a better me. Here's a little info about me to get you guys started: I'm a 26 year old male, 5'11" and 220 lbs. I'm out of shape (21% body fat last I checked) and I'm looking at getting back into a physically fit status. Back in high school, I used to be an instructor in TaeKwonDo (hence why I'm connecting with the Monks here) and I would very much like to get back to that level of fitness. Since high school, I joined the military and became a nuclear engineer (Hence the radioactive part of the race) and due to the incredibly high academic requirements of that job, have pretty much let myself go. So what am I looking for? Well, I'd like to get the strength and flexibility of a martial artist's body back and to raise my endurance as well (maybe cross class a bit into some assassin? Shadowdancer anyone?) I'll have my goals posted up in a bit, but for now I just want to join a friendly community of like-minded nerds (who are 20% cooler than the non-like minded nerds who troll) Strengths: Adaptive and able to learn new things quickly. With the right motivation, I can be very very dedicated. I also love Apples more than Applejack. I consider that a strength. Weaknesses: I'm a foodie...which is a double-edged sword. I love eating good food, and trying new food. But that leads to caloric intake problems. So that's me in a nutshell, and I can't wait to get started working out with you guys and leading the charge into a fitter nerd-dom. Cheers.
  5. Hey fellow nerds who are in so much better shape then me! I found this forum quite by chance and really like the possibilities!! I am def a gamer and into DnD though never played PnP, just Bladur's Gate and the like. I play Mechwarrior Online as well as Living Legends...just a PC gamer in general. Goalwise I have always wanted to lose this extra fat that I lug around all the time, it would be nice to turn heads on the beach too! However, it isn't just fat loss and muscle build that I want. I need overall wellness since a chain is only as strong as the weakest link and a sound body (anime corpore) not paired with a sound mind (anime sano) is still a wimp and since I want to play video games competitively, I need everything trim! I am 23 years old so hopefully I have a chance still to turn things around. I am looking forward to connecting with some peeps on here, the closest I ever got to hitting my goal was when I was surrounded by friends who were also very health conscious. With any questions, post to this thread or pm me, I would love to meet ya!
  6. Hey Everyone, So I am Jeremy, otherwise known as Omnianimaphobia, an I'm a gowk. Simple math Geek + Jock = Gowk. I am a group fitness instructor, assistant director of a fitness center, marathoner, paleo enthusiast, obstacle course racer, on and on and on. I am here cause I want to encourage everyone to stay active, get happy, and enjoy life! If I can help, I'll do my best! Never been a big forum person, but NF seemed right up my alley. Looking forward to reading everyones stories and maybe even learning a bit at the same time as well.
  7. Hi all, I'm in my mid-30's and have been fairly stable weight-wise for the last couple of years. (I don't own a scale, but I was hovering around 165lbs for ages.) My baby turned 5 in November, and I finally accepted that my body isn't going to look any better unless I actually get off my butt and do something about it. I have been looking at the paleo diet for ages on Reddit, but I'm not ready to give up my croissant for breakfast just yet. I get a 3km walk in every weekday due to dropping my older kid off at school, take the stairs whenever I can, and walk rather than taking the bus whenever I can, so I feel as though I've been more active than a lot of my fellow desk-jockeys, but it wasn't enough any more. I started tracking my calories using the MyFitnessPal app (and reduced them by ~500/day) on December 2nd, and have been consistently under my calorie goal for the last three weeks. The first couple of weeks were tough, and then I didn't bother tracking anything during the holidays at the end of December, but I'm on track now and don't even feel like I'm depriving myself of food at all, which feels pretty nice. I started Beginner Bodyweight 101 on January 12th, and have been keeping at it. Last Saturday (the 18th) was supposed to be a rest day, but I had a pretty intense wrestling session and ended up moving my next workout by one day. I feel great, and even got my husband started a couple of days ago. After the first day I felt so energized, and I'm already noticing my body tightening up all over. I'm really pleased that I'm already feeling a difference, and pleasantly surprised that it took so little time for things to start happening. My ultimate goal is to be able to wrestle guys and win, legitimately. Being able to do pull-ups would be pretty keen, too, and I'd like to improve my long-distance swim times. I know I can do it.
  8. Hello everyone, my name is Chris and I am from Upstate NY. I’m a 25 year old male, 5'10, 165 lbs. I was introduced to exercise through wrestling for 13 years, and took up swimming in college. I have a current career in public safety further advancing towards law enforcement. I found NF from a random Google search of parkour. The idea of NF is really exciting to me. I love games and always wanted to relate my life to an RPG. After the first 6 week challenge, I am steering toward the idea of joining the ranger guild for the “functional strength and adaptabilityâ€; if accepted of courseJ. It relates to my career needing to have that state of readiness, and adapt to situations that confrontations I respond to. I did Crossfit for a couple months, and quickly found out that mobility, core and lower body weakness was my biggest issue. I ended up tearing my meniscus in July of 2012 doing sprints at the beginning of a WOD. Since then I’ve been trying to focus on strengthening my legs and flexibility, but really finding it difficult and demotivated by it I join the rebellion in seek of organizing wellness goals, and approach any challenge with max effort, leaving nothing behind.
  9. I'm ready to stop losing 20 pounds and gaining 30. I'm 48 and have struggled with my weight my entire life. My strengths are all intellectual, and I want to get stronger physically and emotionally. I'm starting by focusing on regular exercise at a level I can sustain. For my first (partial) challenge, I'm doing the basic body weight workout 2-3 times a week and interval training (walk/run) 2-3 times a week. I'm deliberately not focusing on food to start because I think it will follow. When I'm working out, I don't WANT to eat junk. I'm a passionate wife, mother, gardener, crafter and reader. I work as a data modeler to keep my brain active and pay the bills. I have three children, mostly grown and our family includes an ever-changing menagerie and an acre of garden. I've never played D&D or any other role playing game, but I'm learning here. I love the idea of "leveling up" my life. I chose Lycan for a race becase a.) shapeshifters are WAY cool and b.) my temper is sometimes an animal that takes over. I need to either master the beast or learn to work with it.all the time. 4/25/2013 I get up and exercises every morning I run races (signed up for and completed a 5k in June!!) 6/1/2013 I've completed 1 challenge successfully, and am excited about a second. I'm reaching out to build local, long distance and online support. I braved the scary athletic shoe store, and my new shoes rock! I joined an accountabilibuddy group for my second challenge. 10/6/2013 I completed another 5k in September!! I carry a water bottle wherever I go I eat mostly real food (vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats)
  10. I've been lurking for a bit, but I just realized that I jumped into things last night with my profile, and a couple of forum posts without a proper introduction. I'm a 38 year old Whovian, Browncoat, Network Tech/Studying infosec. I'm a big fan of sci-fi, physics, tech, and fitness. I've been working on changing my lifestyle and shifting out of the fat mindset for a couple of years now. My highest weight was 408 a few years ago, and I had lost about 65lbs at one point, and then gained about half back. I got back on the ball with it about a year ago and am thankfully back down to that loss point again. My favorite kinds of workouts are standard 5x5 powerlifting programs, but I like doing a lot of different things. I love HIIT, running, sandbags, Bulgarian bags, and hypertrophy routines also. I'm hoping to be down enough weight, and in shape enough to do a triathalon, and/or a Spartan Sprint in Summer/Fall 2014. I hope yall had an awesome Christmas, and that you take the new year by force!
  11. Hey everyone. Been on the chat rooms a few times and everybody here seems really cool, so I made myself a forums account. I need to lose some weight (quite a bit actually), and then I'd like to get in really good shape and build some muscle. This site is amazing... simple approach to good health, no fad diets, drama-free support. Can't wait to dig in and get to know you all better. I'm a 37 y/o guy from New Brunswick, Canada. Any other maritimers around here?
  12. Hello everyone! I've been reading all kinds of articles on Nerd Fitness, and it has been a great resources to get me started on my journey. I've finally started making myself accountable for what I eat by keeping track of what I eat. I've lost about 5 lbs already! But, I want to keep going. I want to keep improving myself. It's tough right now, having three jobs plus a programming class. But, I'm sick of not having enough at the end of the day. I'm sick of being too tired to play some video games or enjoy some time with my significant other. I'm sick of feeling sluggish and tense. I'm sick of feeling like I don't have control of my body. Today is the day I'm starting my journey into a better lifestyle. I'm pushing off the Blerch. I have things I want to accomplish: To learn everything that I can. To advance my career. To keep up with the kids I hope to have one day. To be there and help those around me I need energy for that. The energy that has been stolen by eating too many sugars and convenient junk food. That's been sapped away by that recliner I sit in far too long at the end of the day. And some still has left me due to my own lack of motivation. All of that energy has been out of my reach. Until today. The day I decided to take it back.
  13. Greetings. James Here. I'm a 37 year old software architect and coder by day. For my whole life I have pursued both "nerdy" and "physical" things. Nerdy : Given a Commodore 64 at age 8. This is one of the most significant events in my life. I still remember my very first program : 10 A=A+1 20 PRINT A 30 GOTO 10 In ninth or tenth grade I program my Casio FX7700G calculator to draw a Mandelbrot set. Disappointed when I show my math teacher and he doesn't get why this is so cool. Didn't even thing about going to college. Get deeply involved in the early days of computerized electronic stock trading. Beat the market using a new kind of trading algorithm which I developed and termed Liquidity Routing. Here is a little video showing it in action. Get my business stolen from me by a group of powerful wall street predators.Nowadays I work designing and building IP video surveillance software.Physical: Lifelong serious snowboarder. Last year became an assistant coach of a nationally competitive snowboard racing team. Discovered resistance training when I was about 13. Read all I could find on the subject (no internet yet) and really laid hold of Mike Mentzer's HIT philosophy. Since, then I have been looking for ways to improve upon and refine these core concepts.Disappointed with the modern trends in competitive bodybuilding. I never want to pursue a physical build which would render me less capable on a snowboard. There is no way that Phil Heath is going to spin a smooth 360 tail-grab over a 40 foot table!I'd like to be built like Mike O'Hearn when I reach his age. He's 44 and looks great. He lifts like a powerlifter and does serious martial arts several times a week. Here is a bodybuilder that could get on a snowboard with no problem. Here is an instagram selfie taken about 6 months ago. I've made some significant progress since then but haven't taken any more pictures yet. More recently I've been spending as much time outdoors as I possibly can. I'm currently fully addicted to completing the most challenging day hikes I can find, with friends when possible, but also solo. Over the past several weeks I've completed several of the most difficult Catskill Mountain Hikes. I find this sort of exercise to be a very excellent complement to my time in the gym. I have a lot of ideas about resistance training and physical fitness in general. If I could make a living from it, I'd love to be a personal trainer, but I'm not seeing that as a likely scenario. This is why I am so happy to have found this community. I see more fruitful interaction here than on any of the other mainstream boards. I'm looking forward to sharing what I have learned over the years and in learning from all of you! - James
  14. Hi, everybody. My name is Karen, and this is my first official post after lurking for a nice long while. I've made several attempts before to get stronger, but I really want this one to take. I'm trying to get my daughter involved too - she's 11, but she recently discovered the joys of hiking in the mountains. If we want to do this together, we've both got to get a lot stronger. RPGs are one of my favorite things (we're just starting to get back into that here now that the kid's old enough to fave fun with them), so this looked like a good place for me to start over. Anyway. I suck at these intro posts, so I'll leave it at that.
  15. Hello all! My name is Wren, I'm a 20 something female born and raised in the western United States. I've been reading the NF blog for a really long time and was vaguely aware of the forums, but have only recently begun to check them out. For a long time I was not concerned with my body. My diet has always been terrible, but until last year I had jobs that demanded long, very physical hours so my weight was not an issue. During that time I also hiked and biked a lot with my hubby. However, he now has a new career that takes up most of his time and energy and I've gone back to school full-time to get a teaching degree. With these new schedules and virtually no physical demands on my body, suddenly my weight and eating were out of control! I've had lots of starts and stops on various diet and exercise plans and was again between efforts till these last few weeks. I started out on the path to paleo slowly by adding more veggies to our meals, then eventually losing grains and processed foods all together. Hubby is very supportive and making these dietary changes with me. (It helps that I do all the cooking!) I've also been going to pilates and yoga classes, once a week each, at a work-out room that just opened up in my neighborhood. So far so good, I don't own a scale, but I feel better and my clothes aren't quite so tight. What I'd really like to get into, in addition to more pilates and yoga at home, is body-weight exercising. I've got a little kettlebell I've been using, and a pull-up bar in the mail, but my knowledge and stamina is very limited. On a geeky-er note, I'm on Pottermore, experimenting with EQ, and interested in OSS, linux and IT security. I'm hoping that with the NF forums I can learn more and keep the ball rolling this time. Looking forward to meeting you all!
  16. Greetings, fellow nerds. Happy to join, don't much approve of death stars and the like. Too high taxation. I'm Sythez, and I'll be joining things around here starting today. Moved into a new place, starting a new year of University in the great city of Edmonton, and decided that, despite not being overly unhappy with the way I look, I am not happy with living a life that I grew up with, on processed crap and poor exercise habits. A bit about myself; 210 pounds, 5'8", turning 20 and 2nd year universityAvid fan of Starwars, LotR, and Jim Butcher's series The Dresden Files (think bad ass modern wisardry in downtown chicago)Practice a chinese martial art I guarantee you've never heard of (Ba Ying Quan, northern family style)LoL silver 5 (currently)Massive sucker for any girl with a great laugh, awesome smile, and/or great gaming skills What I'm hoping to achieve with NerdFitness and the challenges: Target weight between 170-185 of muscled healthy weight, ideally within 6months - 1 yearA committed routine of activity, balancing flexibility, endurance, and strength over at least 4 days a week.Ditching soda, eating amazing tasting food that is not processed to plastic and gives me the nutrients my body needsSpartan like physique and attitude, although I'll settle for just plain damn sexy ​ I know that its pretty much impossible to get that on my own, and am really happy to have found a group of people who are like minded! Thanks in advance for the help I know you'll be, and as for the message in the intro; Han Solo is a bit of a hero for me, in the sense that he honestly is a bad guy who has a heart of gold. He had no qualms about shooting a gangster straight up, yet despite being a jerk, still risks his life to save a princess. In my case, my fat is the bad guy, im shooting it before it shoots me, and the princess... is in the works, I hope... (just need to ask her out for that dinner...) Hoping to join the rangers! Peace out all, thanks for reading, and I look forward to supporting you guys with your goals and being supported by you as well!
  17. Hey there - I'm sort of new, but not. I've hung out around the forums, read a bit, but haven't really posted before. After two and a half months of lurking I decided it was time to emerge from the shadows. You all don't know it, but you've all already played a huge roll in my success so far. My story is interesting, but nothing folks haven't heard before I'd guess. Got pregnant, packed on pounds, had baby, lost some but not quite as many as I packed on. Got pregnant again, began packing on pounds, miscarried, depression, packed on a few more pounds. Got better, lost a few, but again... not quite as many as I had packed on. Got pregnant again, put on bed rest for 3 months, really packed on pounds, had baby, lost some, but once again... not quite enough. Got pregnant for a final time (yes, again) this time with TWINS. Gained exactly 11 pounds, thanks to a WHOLE LOTTA morning sickness. Had exactly 12 pounds worth of babies (5.5lbs and 6.5lbs), but suffered hella postpartum after. You guessed it, more pounds. Then, a few months later my thyroid ballooned to the size of a baseball. Largest benign tumor my surgeon had ever seen. Once we got that taken care of, I sort of expected the synthetic hormone to do the weight loss work for me. Big surprise - it didn't. A year ago last April, I got a major wake up call. My stepfather passed away at the age of 59 from a heart attack. I stepped on the scale at 235 pounds, and knew I wanted to be around for my babies longer than that. Tried a few fad diet things like juicing that didn't really work. Finally found Nerd Fitness a few months ago. I began doing the Angry Birds workout CrossFit style, and started stepping myself toward Paleo. I'm not fully paleo, but I'm off sodas, and down to pasta only twice a month. Never was much of a potato or rice fan, so that hasn't been hard but cheese - I don't think I'll ever give up cheese. Cheese is one of my happy foods, LOL. Lurking here on the forums has provided me with plenty of motivation and inspiration. Since June 1 I'm down 17lbs and two pants sizes, from a 22W to an 18W (I carry my weight around my middle, the worst place possible). I look forward to taking part in the conversation from here on out!
  18. WELL HELLO, The Rebellion! I'm Jes, and I'm a receptionist & life coach by day, and an utter gadabout and theatre nerd by night. I attend far more theatre than is entirely reasonable (I have seen over 50 plays so far this year), and I am just recently trying my hand at writing my first play. I'm obsessed with bunnies to a ludicrous degree, and I can't eat enough avocados, like, ever. This is what I look like! Chubby bunny. I would like to accomplish the following: Reach my goal weight of 130 (I'm 5'9", and before people get all up in my "that's too skinny" grill, which I get a lot, that's what I weighed in college and I was in totally AWESOME shape in college) - I currently weigh 190, so that's 60 lbs. I need to drop.I want to be FIT. That means running and resistance.I want to look great in my clothes. Which I will when I'm at my goal weight. (I mean, I know what I'm doing right now, style-wise, but it would be nice to not have to THINK as hard about what's going to fit properly, you know?)I want to be proud of my body and what it can do (because right now I'm kind of ashamed of it and it's a good thing my fella lives on the other side of the continent because I don't want to see him like this). Also, my plan is to move to California (at least for the winter) at the end of October, and I'd kind of lik to be rocking a hot bod when I do. I'm going out for a visit at the end of August and I want to have seen some positive changes before then. In terms of what I want to do, fitness-wise: Three runs per week, using the Zombies, Run! app (I'm really, really good at suspension of disbelief, which is why I can't watch X Files at night)Three bodyweight workouts per week (I got set up with one by a personal trainer late last year. It's still magnetized to my fridge)I'm a vegan, but I'm a total carbivore, so the plan is to transition to doing the Eat To Live eating plan 90% of the time. (I did E2L last year and dropped weight in an awesome way and felt amazing, but I have been so lazy and it's been so hot that I can't be bothered to cook anything or even get good groceries)I've joined The Rebellion because I really need help being accountable. Hence the title. As a life coach, I hold people accountable to their goals every single day, but I really have a hard time helping myself. As my mother says, I have no sticktoitiveness. So anyway, hi! TL;DR: I'm fat and want to be NOT fat.
  19. Hey! I'm a 48 year old wife, and mother of three adult children. I am 5' 6" and 131 pounds. I did an online tape test that said I was 26.5% body fat, but I have no idea how accurate it was. A mirror test tells me I'd like to trim off some fat/flab in some areas. My curiosity would like skinfold calipers, but my wallet says no. I was big into fitness from my mid teens to my mid twenties. I had notebooks full of data, exercises, and nutrition plans. But my mid twenties was a time of babies and toddlers, the fitness part of my life got put on the back burner. I've always gotten into spreadsheets and research. I like learning new things, and I understand things better in spreadsheet formats. My favorite games are Excel and the Internet. I collect information like any collector, then I store my treasures in my curios of spreadsheets. I'm so odd. At least it's a cheap collection and I don't have to dust it. Right now I'm having problems wrapping my head around heart rate, what it means and how I can use the information. What starts my whole conundrum is that my resting heart rate is 49bpm. That is averaged over 5 readings, first thing after waking. And "waking" around here involves lots of dogs licking me and trying to get me up, reaching for my stopwatch, and a bit anxious because I have to pee. My pulse and blood pressure have always been low, but stable. When I exercise I can get my heart rate up, the highest I've seen 141 bpm 10 minutes into a HIIT and I felt fine, I wasn't sick or anything. But 10 minutes after a workout my HR is in the 60's or 70's. Most exercise can get me into the upper 120's to low 130"s, but it always drops back to the 60's shortly after. We used to work in healthcare, I (and others) have taken my BP, pulse, and O2 a million times in the last 8 years. Right now I've been awake for three hours, I've walked a dog around a 1.2 acre area, feed them all, cleaned the kitchen, piddled around the house, and written this, but haven't exercised yet, and I'm at 53 bpm. What about my increased metabolism from the HIIT? And if I use the Haskell and Fox method (220 - age) for determining an exercise heart rate, what am I shooting for? max, 80%, 70%? Everything talks about "get your heart rate up". Well what is "up" for me? I've seen I should be in the 160-170 area. I don't know that I can do that. Or maybe it will come with time? This is my analness. My spreadsheets don't work if I can't figure out what I'm shooting for. I can't gauge any data as improved. In the last year I've been feeling a loss of flexibility and strength. A 50# bag of dog food weighs more now than it used to. I've never been sedentary, I'm always doing something, but I have been slowing down. I've been exercising the last month and I'm seeing results. Problems are, as the flabby areas are starting to show definition, the boney areas are getting bonier. I'm looking to level that out a bit with more well rounded workouts. My husband and I are plant-based whole food eaters. It's been gradual changes over the last decade, so I'm used to watching that we are getting what we need nutrition wise. I'm going to reevaluate, focusing on protein, making sure we are good there. Previously my thoughts had been to watch that we were getting adequate protein. Now I'm considering the protein needs for building muscle. I still have a lot of the forum to read through, but it's very cool. It's nice to be here.
  20. Hey Nerds, You're reading about Greg, a 22 y.o, soon to be summer graduate of UMass Amherst with a BS in ChemEng. He was hooked on NF the moment he stumbled across the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" in one of the Fearless Leader's blogs. His obsessive personality and amazing knack for falling deep down the rabbit hole of interweb distractions when he should be studying for history class kept Greg glued to NF for the next seventeen+ hours straight. Countless blog posts later, continuing right up until his first ever true spelunk through a web forum, Greg was motivated enough to join the rebellion. He even worked up the courage to start one of these introductory posts. Now what.... Well, I'm hoping he'll dive into NF like one of those chose-your-own-adventure Goosebumps books, and fervently flip to page 42 to see what happens when. We can only pray that our guitar strumming, unicycle riding, longboard dancing, chemical engineering, black belt touting, out-of-shape protagonist will start setting some real life goals. Will Greg begin eating right, and finally create and uphold an exercise regimen? Will he be able to bulk up on lean muscle mass while working towards (re)attaining the agility of a true karate master? Might he begin using his newly acquired credit cards (yes that was plural) for good over evil?! And most importantly, will Greg be with us long enough to continue what is seemingly a bit of the Never Ending Story, find himself a decent job, and follow in the footsteps of his hero, the Dread Pirate Roberts; moving out of his parents home to seek out his very own adventure and rescue himself his very own Princess Buttercup!!?!? Tune in next week to find out (if Greg ever does start that Summer School History Homework) ... ps - This is me clinging to a brazilian man who'd just thrown us out of a perfectly good airplane over southern MA. As you can see, I'm one of those skinny armed, endurant kids, who's recently been growing a bit pudgy round the mid-bits, and I was having a horrible time. xD
  21. I've been reading the site for quite some time, and given that I'm now finally trying to make some changes to my diet and fitness, thought I would join the forums - particularly with the 6 week challenge starting in a few days. For most of my 20s my weight and fitness levels have been up and down. I had my first baby 10 months ago, and wasn't focussing on too much other than getting through sleep deprivation. However, I'm now back at work (as a lawyer, so I'm sitting at a desk all day) and instead of the very slow loss of pregnancy weight that I wasn't trying too hard at, I noticed it was starting to slowly increase again. (And then I stopped weighing myself, which is always my warning sign - when I go into "I don't wanna know!" territory). Mostly due to bad eating habits - the worst of which is being incapable of having just a little chocolate/just one sweet, and instead eating the whole block/bag - exacerbated by a complete lack of exercise. I am planning to have another child in a year or so, and I would like to be lighter and fitter this time around, and maintain a better level of fitness during my pregnancy. With that goal in mind, I'm making some gradual changes. I've started going to the gym in my lunch hour at work - taking classes to begin with, because I like the structure and tend to work harder if someone is saying "faster, faster!" at me. I've also started the C25k program again. I'm trying to completely quit any kind of chocolate/sweets, which is a bit of a hit and miss affair so far. I'm considering what else I'd like to change about my diet - I don't think paleo is for me, but I'm considering something like Mark Bittman's VB6 idea. (Mostly because it wouldn't require me to make too many changes to our evening meal, and therefore wouldn't require twisting my picky-eating-husband's arm). So. Within the next 12 months, I'd like to be at least 10kgs lighter. Ideally more, but I want to give myself reasonable, achievable goals. At the moment I'm around 89kgs at 175cm tall (and, conversions.... lemme google... 196 pounds at aaaalmost 5'9"). I'd like to be eating better - something I'm going to measure by eating a lot more vegetables, and a lot less sugar. And I want to be fitter... but at the moment I have no idea how to make that a more measurable/accountable goal. I think I need to make all those goals a bit more specific in order to make them easier to stick with, but I'm not entirely sure how. And I'm trying to think of some goals for the 6 week challenge that fit within these vague larger goals. Any suggestions very welcome Oh, and nerd quals - big reader of sci fi and fantasy, ditto tv series. Currently watching Game of Thrones, and reading one of Seanan McGuire's urban fantasies.
  22. Hey! I'd like to give myself a bit of an intro. I'm Virlomi. I'm 22, nursing student and work full time at a local hospital as a tech. As for where I'm at and my goals: - Current BMI of 28, body fat percent at 30%. -I've always been overweight, and sick but when I was teenager I found out why: celiac disease. For most people this causes weight loss, for me it causes intense cravings, sickness and weight gain. Lucky me. -Since last January, I've stopped using celiac as an excuse. I lost around 20 lbs and am trying to continue to loose weight, via paleo diet, being paranoid about ridding my diet of all gluten, IF, weight training and swimming. I'm looking for support here in my mission to get healthy, and feel healthy. So, that's me.
  23. OK, not so high adventures so far but I have some major goals. So where to start. I am new to this stuff (forums, blogging, chatting … ect). I am an avid RPG gamer, fellow D&D player and DM, and the Conan comics changed my life as a kid. I have always loved the stories of these games or telling the stories for the games (never really like my own story so much). I always thought of myself as the big tough brute kind of guy (wished to be like Conan), but the truth is, I may be taller than most at 6’4†but the "BIG" part of me was not my height or mussel, it is fat. I used to have adventures in my life but like most, I’m sure, when I started working for a living and not having much free time, video games became my only adventure. I have tried to get in shape many times in my life, always failing with different reason, none of them good ones. So fast-forward to now. I started wanting to get fit and drop some weight again about year ago. Me and my wife were starting P90X hoping for the big changes, fast, and about 2 weeks in my wife got pregnant and stopped working out … and so did I (stopped working out i mean not pregnant). She was my motivation to work out. So when she stopped I came up with reason after reason not to work out. Now, my son is 4 months old and when I see the pictures of me holding him … I never realized how much weight I was putting on, almost 300lbs. Our other son (12 years old) also has problems with his weight. We have been pushing him to get up and get outside but all he wants is to sit and play video games. A few weeks ago, when I was making dinner for us, I was looking at all the unhealthy foods and drinks when it hit me, “How can I expect my sons to know how to live a healthy life if his parents don’t lead by example.â€So I took it on myself to start working out and stick to it for my family. I have just finished my 2nd week of working out and my 3rd week of follow NF. Its thanks in a big part to this website that I have been able to start all this. The advice in the blogs are great. I built a tracker for my workouts in excel, with steps to get to my goals and came up with rewards to help me push for the goals. This helps me see this new direction my life is going as a real life RPG. I can see all my stats and know how I am improving. I set my own level ups (workout goals i.e.: do 3 sets of 8 push ups / life goals i.e.: go mountain biking) and push for them. When I reach them I get myself something that helps me get to that next goal. Now working out is fun and my wife and oldest son has started working out with me too. I was sick of seeing people doing cool stuff and wishing I could do that (but never really trying to). Now I am trying to do the stuff I have always wanted with steps in place to get to each goal laid out for me like quests and levels in a RPG. So to end this intro I thought I would answer the age old question.... What is best is life??? To crush your enemies, ( the naysayers, my laziness, reasons it’s ok to fail) See them driven before you, and (prove naysayer wrong, take back my life from the laziness, find my real adventures) To hear the lamentation of the women. (sorry ladies, I already have my Red Sonja. That’s my wife and love of my life)
  24. Hey guys! My name's Conall and I'm an 18 year old guy living and studying in the lovely city of Brisbane, Australia. I've been moseying around the Nerd Fitness forums and have been champing at the bit to sign up and join in the fun! A bit of a briefer on me (my 'origin story' if you will.) For most of my life I was pretty unfit and generally ate a lot more than I exercised, but around two years ago I started getting a bit more comfortable with myself and developed the confidence to get out there and try new things, exercise and physical stuff in particular. I started doing bodyweight routines that I found on NF, and this has led me to the present day, where I've just wrapped up my first footy season in five years ( I played rugby union for my college ) At uni there is a lot more sports and fitness related activities on offer and I really want to take advantage of them all next semester. I've spent most of my first semester learning my way around the gym, trying to eat well on college food, and getting into a good sleeping groove. Next semester I want to sign up for a martial art- I tried a few karate lessons and loved it, but they don't fit in with my schedule so I'll switch to kung fu instead. I think I'll be joining the Monk's Guild. OK, I think I'm supposed to post a bit about my nerd cred here... MASSIVE Whovian (although I haven't seen the five new episodes yet.. no spoilers!), Sherlockian, and Wholockian, while we're at it. I've also just got into Game of Thrones and ASOIAF and I'm hooked. I'm a fan of period- early 20th century lit (I've just finished Odd John by Olaf Stapleton and am hoping to dig deeper into the Saki anthology I just found at a book sale once I've finished exams). I also sing 80s hits in my college a cappella group. I hope that covers it... I'll post my 6 week challenge goals once I have a bit of a brainstorm and decide what I need to work on first. Thanks guys, hope to see you soon!
  25. Hey y'all. I've been reading nerd fitness for over a year and subscribing to the emails. I have tried many of the workouts and love the advice and success stories. After doing the fitness thing on and off for about three years, I'm done with the nonsense. I want to get healthy. That's goal number one. I want to walk up the three flights of stairs to my pad without getting out of breath. That's goal number two. I want to sit and have not have a giant roll of fluff pop out of my middle. Goal three. I want to do a pull up. I full bodyweight awesome pull-up. Goal four. I have a half-ass plan, as I know what I need to do. However, as we all know, just knowing means squat - unless you're actually doing squats. I am ready to climb on board the paleo train and have been going back and forth with it for about a year. My nemesis is sugar, so that's the first demon I want to slay. I've taken several steps to help fight it recently by learning to drink coffee black, switching from cereal to hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, and bringing healthy lunches to work that consist of lean proteins and veggies. A little more about me. I'm 32, working full time in search marketing analysis. I'm also pursuing my Masters in Economics. I have an amazingly smart and nerdy seven year old son. I'm engaged to be married to the greatest man I have ever known next March. I've been working out on average 3-4 days a week steady for the last month or so. Before that, I religiously worked a jillian michaels dvd every morning for about a year. I got bored with that and cocky in my weight loss and took to other activites. Tried running, but have awful shin splints that hurt like the dickens. I love strength and weight training and have focused on that, but never for long period of time. Currently, I alternate strength with walking or the elliptical. I would love to lose 50-60 lbs, but even more important, I don't want to hate my body anymore. I know how amazing it feels to be in shape and the joy of starting to like my body. I want that again. So, I'm giving myself up to the people most able to help me. Lastly, my nerdy side: my favorite show is and always will be LOST. I adore zombie genre. I love reading, and am looking forward to one day reading simply for pleasure again. I love numbers and statistics. I hope to grow in my current career and get more into analytics. I'm learning to code and program, which is fun. I'm a huge econ nerd. I love garden gnomes and think everyone needs one. I love research and reading about macroeconomic topics, like what the Fed is doing and watching how the markets react and why. I am an 80s kid. I still love New Kids on the Block, and just saw them in concert a few weeks ago. They were amazing. I like alt rock, like New Politics, Atlas Genius, Mumford and Sons, and Of Monsters and Men. My parents were hippies, so I have full appreciation for Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc. I can geek out on music for hours. I look forward to meeting you all and becoming friends as you help me and I help you on this journey to living the best life. Thanks Steve for creating this awesome site! -Risa
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